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Joseph Ballentine Sr.
March 27, 1813; Nov. 30, 1813
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, pp. 20-21

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph BALLENTINE SEN. of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, calling to mind it was ordained for all men once to die, do make and ordin this instrument of writing to conclude my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows Viz.

Item: I lend all my estate both real and personal unto my well beloved Wife Lovey BALLENTINE, so long as she cantinue my widow, to cut timber for the support of the children.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Joseph BALLENTINE, all the lands and mill whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever, also one negro man by the name of Sam, and one negro woman by the name of Jenna, to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son David D. BALLENTINE all the lands that I hold lying between Lamuel WILSONs and Davis BALLENTINEs to him and his heirs forever, also one negro man by the name of Abel, and one negro boy by the name of Jack, also my still and casks, to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Amanda R. BALLENTINE the lands called the light swamp, which lands may be sold if wanting for the supporting and schooling of her, also one negro woman by the name of Vilet and her increase and negro boy by the name of Daniel and one feather bed and furniture the first choice and half dozen of silver table spoons to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my two Daughters Elizabeth ROLPH and Amanda R. BALLENTINE one negro woman by the name of Abiah and her increase and two negro boys, one by the name of Abel and one by the name of March, to be equally divided between them both to them and their heirs forever. After my just debts are paid, my will and desire is that all the remainder of my estate not given away, should be divided between my four children my will is that Elizabeth ROLPH and Amanda R. BALLENTINE, should receive double of the sum of that of my two Sons Joseph J. BALLENTINE and David D. BALLENTINE.

I constitute and appoint my trusty friends Joseph V. ROLPH and William JONES my whole and sole executors to this my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 27th March 1813.

Josh (sic) BALLENTINE seal

Test.
    Demcy NORTHERN
    Sally BENNETT
    Her X mark

Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)

[Note: Probate date is from Currituck County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions minutes].

This will was contributed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!

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